May 6, 2016

A Grand Canal Hunt and Giveaway

It's that time of year! I've been sneaking some peeks of Grand Canal, my new fabric collection for Moda, over on Instagram, and hope you're getting as excited about it as I am! The collection will be shown in two weeks at the International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah and will ship to stores in October.
For those of you who will be going to Market, have a great time, post lots of photos and be sure to visit the amazing Moda area. Though I won't be there this time (sniff, sniff), my new quilt design/pattern, also called Grand Canal, will be there on display. Moda is offering it to shops as a kit, so if you're a shop owner be sure to ask your rep about it. **And for one lucky winner, we will be giving away everything you'll need to make the quilt top** More info below, keep reading!

Back to the quilt that will hang at Market...a huge and special thanks to Crystal Stanworth and Janice Minkkinen Roy for bringing their talents to the making of this quilt and to my incredible pattern writer, Lisa Christensen and editor, Ellen Pahl, who brought their expertise to every step. I was very happy to add the binding, but they get a standing ovation from me! You probably want to see the quilt, right? We'll get to that when we announce the winner of this giveaway on May 16. Who doesn't love a surprise! Well, ok, here's a tiny peek:

But for now, I'm inviting everyone who loves to quilt, loves color, and loves a good visual puzzle to join me – and to invite all your friends to join us by e-mail and social media – for our first-ever visual-inspiration hunt and giveaway! Use hashtags: #GrandCanalHunt #GrandCanalFabric #GrandCanalQuilt #ShowMetheModa  #KateSpainDesign #Aurifil

May 9 marks the start of the Grand Canal Hunt. As you'll see, the hunt will float through Venice, Italy, the inspiration for my Grand Canal collection and quilt.
Here's what you'll have to do to play along to enter the Grand Canal Hunt/Giveaway:

On Monday May 9, I'll begin by posting (on the blog) one of the prints I designed, in multiple colorways, from Grand Canal with a photograph or mention of a place, object, or event in Venice related to the inspiration for the design and a brief question or two.

For 6 consecutive days, I'll post a new visual puzzle a day, through Saturday May 14.

Using the information and hints I provide, you'll submit your answers to each of the 6 days' puzzles in one and only one e-mail by midnight Sunday May 15 to Please include your full name and mailing address in your e-mail. Thank you.

Those submitting correct answers to all questions will be entered to win the giveaway prize, valued at more than $250 retail, with free shipping! Yippee!

You will win:
 One Grand Canal quilt pattern (PDF),
One Grand Canal Fat Quarter bundle,
More than 6 yards of fabric to make the top and binding,
One of my colorful Aurifil"elements" thread kits – 2200 yd of 100% cotton thread, made in Italy!
On Monday May 16, the winner will be announced here, and I'll post a large photo of the quilt. So hop in a gondola or Vaporetto and here we go! (live cam of the Rialto Bridge on the Grand Canal)

Viaggio sicuro!
(see you on Monday)